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What the Latest Crop of Alphabet Creams Can Do For Your Skin

A new and improved round of does-it-all formulas have arrived. Here’s what all those letters mean!
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  • The New BBs
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    Short for ‘beauty balm,’ these moisturizer/foundation hybrids prime and protect with a radiant sheen and light-to-medium coverage.

  • Ponds Luminous Finish BB+ Cream
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    Pond’s Luminous Finish BB+ Cream ($11) will surprise you: it goes on smoothly and gives skin a finish that looks much more expensive than its $10 price tag—plus it fades dark spots over time thanks to a special complex.

  • Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Multi-Targeted BB Cream
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    Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Difference Multi-Targeted BB Cream ($32) delivers a radiant, light-reflecting look with a light floral scent. It has licorice extract to brighten and hyaluronic acid for hydration.

  • YSL Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream
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    YSL’s lightweight Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream ($50) delivers sheer coverage that’s full of vitamin C to brighten and rose de mai extract to soften skin.

  • Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream Sunscreen
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    Ren’s Satin Perfection BB Cream Sunscreen ($38) goes on rich but blends into a satiny, medium-coverage finish. It has camellia seed oil to hydrate and anti-oxidants to even skintone.

  • The New CCs
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    CCs are similar to BBs, but these color correcting formulas even skintone immediately (with a light-reflecting finish) and over time (with brightening anti-oxidants).

  • L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Cream
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    L’Oreal’s lightweight Visible Lift CC Cream ($13) goes on white, adjusts to your coloring, and soaks in immediately. Bonus? Vitamin C and calcium brighten and nourish skin.

  • Chanel CC Cream Complete Correction Sunscreen
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    On the other end of the spectrum is Chanel’s CC Cream Complete Correction Sunscreen ($55). It goes on thick, but soaks in to deliver a light sheen and medium coverage.

  • Yes to Grapefruit CC Cream
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    Yes to Grapefruit’s new CC Cream ($16) soaks in quickly and gives skin a bronzed glow, plus it has evodia fruit to gradually even and brighten skin tone.

  • Dr. Brandt Skincare’s CC Glow Broad Spectrum SPF 30
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    Dr. Brandt Skincare’s CC Glow Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($39) creates a hydrated, illuminated complexion while brightening skin over time with vitamin C and alpha arbutin.

  • The First DDs
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    The ‘Dynamic Do All’ creams have the benefits of BBs and CCs creams, with added anti-aging ingredients!

  • Julep DD Crème
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    Julep’s DD Crème ($36) keeps skin moisturized with hibiscus and olive extracts while providing medium coverage and a smooth finish.

  • Ofra DD Cream
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    Looking for more shade options? Ofra’s DD Cream ($30) has ten, all of which hydrate, brighten, and deliver anti-aging benefits.

  • DermaDoctor DD Dermatologically Defining BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30
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    DermaDoctor’s DD Dermatologically Defining BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($38) is a cocktail of ingredients to mattify, brighten, minimize pores, and even skintone.

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